Your last family get together was frustrating. It wasn’t because your family was having a hard time getting along. No, the source of the frustration was simple: it was noisy, and you couldn’t hear anything. So you didn’t hear the details about Judy’s promotion, and you didn’t have an opportunity to ask about Jay’s new puppy. It was irritating. For the most part, you blame the acoustics. But you’re also willing to accept that your hearing may be starting to wane.
It can be incredibly challenging to self-diagnose hearing loss (that’s why, generally, it’s not advisable). But you should pay attention to some early warning signs. When enough of these red flags spring up, it’s worth scheduling an appointment to get tested by a hearing specialist.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Some of the symptoms of hearing loss are subtle. But you could be going through some level of hearing loss if you find yourself recognizing some of these signs.
Here are a few of the warning signs of hearing loss:
- Someone observes that the volume on your media devices is getting louder and louder. Perhaps the volume on your phone keeps getting louder and louder. Or maybe your TV speakers are as loud as they will go. Usually, you’re not the one that observes the loud volume, it’s your children, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
- Certain sounds seem so loud that they’re unbearable. This early warning sign is less common, but hyperacusis is common enough that you might find yourself encountering its symptoms. It can be an early sign of hearing loss if certain sounds seem really loud especially if it lasts for an extended period of time.
- You find it’s hard to understand particular words. When consonants become difficult to differentiate this red flag should go up. The th- and sh- sounds are very commonly muffled. It can also often be the p- and t- sounds or the s- and f- sounds
Next Up: Get a Examination
Regardless of how many of these early warning signs you may experience, there’s really only one way to recognize, with confidence, whether your hearing is going bad: get your hearing tested.
Generally speaking, even one of these early warning signs could be verification that you’re developing some kind of hearing loss. What level of hearing loss you may be dealing with can only be determined with a hearing assessment. And then you’ll be better prepared to find the right treatment.
This means your next family gathering can be far more enjoyable.